Geode coasters are very stylish and look expensive (even though they are fairly low cost to make). That’s why we absolutely love making geode coasters, whether to give as gifts or to decorate our own homes, they are always fabulous for any occasion.
With our easy step-by-step tutorial you can find out exactly how to make a geode coaster, we’ve chosen to make ours purple for an amethyst-style look, but you can choose whichever colours you like. The tutorial will show you how to create a layered effect with different shades of resin colour. It will also demonstrate how to pour resin to make it look like a real geode.
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How to make a geode coaster video tutorial
Top 10 resin tips
- Mix resin slowly to avoid creating air bubbles
- The resin will begin to cure within 45 minutes
- When leaving to cure, cover with something to ensure dust doesn’t land on the surface
- Have paper towels handy as resin can be messy
- Wear gloves and avoid getting resin on the skin
- Wear a respirator if working in an enclosed space
- Do not pour unused resin down the sink, wipe onto kitchen roll and dispose
- Wash moulds before use to ensure completely clean for a smooth surface
- Protect your work surface (resin is hard to remove once cured)
- Have fun and experiment with your designs!
What you’ll need to make geode coasters:
We used Diction Epoxy crystal clear resin, it doesn’t require any heating or blow torch to be bubble-free, as long as it is mixed slowly and thoroughly for about 3 minutes.
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Silicone geode coaster moulds
Any geode coaster mould will work for this one, as long as it is silicone the resin will be easy to remove once it has cured. We love these ones below from Amazon, but you can choose whichever shapes suit your style most.
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Mica powder is a pigment that can be mixed with resin to create beautiful shimmery colours, perfect for geode coasters. Plus a little goes a long way!
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These imitation gold flakes work perfectly for geode coasters, creating that extra bit of texture for the crystal.
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Gilding liquid in gold (optional|)
This step is optional depending on the style of your geode coasters, but we love the gold as a finishing touch, and makes the geodes that extra bit special!
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How to make geode coasters
You Will Need
- Epoxy resin kit
- Geode coaster silicone mould
- lollipop stick
- mixing cups
- Mica powder
- Gold leaf
- Gilding liquid - gold
Start by mixing equal parts A and B of your resin together.
For one coaster we used 50ml each of A and B. Depending on how many geode coasters you want to make this is a rough guide.
Slowly combine the resin mixing for about 3 minutes until you can see no swirls on the surface and the resin is clear.
Once mixed, divide the resin into smaller containers to add your colour.
For one coaster: we used about 30ml of the resin per colour.
Add the mica powder to each container of resin, we used a dark purple and a light purple. Make sure they are mixed well.
Pour the darker purple resin around the outer edge of the mould, try to follow the natural edge of the mould to make it look more realistic.
Pour the lighter purple resin into the inner part of the geode mould, again following the natural shape of the mould. It doesn’t have to be perfect (in fact it looks more realistic if it is not!)
Mix your remaining resin with a pinch of gold leaf and stir.
Add this gold leaf resin mixture to the center of the geode coaster and gently push around using the lollipop stick until you have the desired look.
Note: as the resin cures it may move around a little so expect some change.
Cure for a minimum of 48hrs – thinner resin takes longer to cure so it may still be bendy when you remove it from the mould.
This step is optional: Using liquid gold carefully paint the edges of the geode coaster. Repeat with another layer if necessary to get your desired look.
Allow the gold paint to dry.
That’s it! We hope you found this easy tutorial for a geode coaster helpful. Geode coasters are wonderful and look very pretty on a coffee table or would make a lovely gift for any crystal lover. They are low cost and easy to make, plus the possibilities of colour and style are endless. So whatever your favourite crystal might be, recreate it today in resin and admire them for years to come. If you’re as crazy about resin as we are, check out some of our other projects to get stuck into, find out how to make resin jewelry or how to make resin earrings with our easy guides. Plus try out another style of resin coasters, with this lovely tutorial from Becki Clarke. If you love resin crafts but not sure what project you fancy taking on next, get inspired with these amazing resin crafts.